Paramount Pictures has announced that production on Michael Bay’s “Ninja Turtles” has been delayed and its release date bumped from Christmas 2013 to May 16, 2014. The budget for the film will also be reigned in a bit. This makes it one of three big budget films from Paramount currently suffering from production delays, the others being “G.I. Joe Retaliation” and “World War Z”.
The film had already garnered much discord from longtime fans of the TMNT franchise when, back in March, it was announced that Michael Bay would be producing the reboot through his company Platinum Dunes. He also promised a fresh and edgy take on the heroes in the half-shell—by giving the turtle more “alien” origins.
The film would feature mo-capped CGI turtles and is directed by Jonathan Liebesman (Wrath of the Titans), with Bay producing, and screenplay by Josh Appelbaum and André Nemec (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol).
What do you think, turtle fans? Could this delay mean another retooling of the origin story? Will Bay have his way with yet another franchise just so he could feature more shots of things from space slamming into earth? Let us know below.